As the granddaughter, daughter, and wife of Veterans who served in both the U.S. Marines and Army, I wholeheartedly appreciate the sacrifices made by those who volunteered to do the jobs and go into uncertain situations so the rest of us would not have to. They should be appreciated everyday, but on Veteran’s Day we take a moment to honor the men and women who know or knew life in a different way than civilians; especially if they have seen war.
Whether or not people agree with the politics of current events, or the behaviors of any particular administration is of little consequence when we consider the humanity of each being who puts on their uniform. That soul has their own hopes, goals, fears, and family. A part of their job is to make sure their personal views don’t get in the way of doing the job they have orders to do.
The Veteran has seen this process all the way through in one way or the other. Whether retired from active duty, or made the ultimate sacrifice of their life – Veterans of the past, present, and future deserve respect for their commitment to their country beyond the needs of themselves – so the rest of us are free to engage in discourse about our views. As we often find ourselves divided as a society, let us stop to think of those who fought for greater security and to protect democracy – the Veteran who risked their life as an individual to contribute to protecting the country as a whole.